Sylvia Plath published her first poem at 8 years old. Sylvia Plath wrote the poems that would make her an icon just before she died. Sylvia Plath continues to impact culture today. Sylvia Plath has been influencing culture for the nearly six decades since her death. From Twitter feeds to famous movie quotes and cameos, a Sylvia Plath mention is often shorthand for \"tortured female writer.\"